I've Had Her

Words and Music by Phil Ochs

Lyrics

The night air is inviting you to walk out on the trail
You will not fail, you will not fail
And by the beach a lady sails a ship without a sail
And you reach out for her, and you reach out for her
But I've had her, I've had her, she's nothing

Down the cliff you clamor, and you tumble to the shore
The wild waves roar, the wild waves roar
And on the reef the mermaid siren sprays one perfume more
And she shouts to you, through the foam she shouts to you
But I've had her, I've had her, she's nothing

The players at the party are prepared to take a chance
The drop their pants, they drop their pants
In the corner she's so crystalline, no one dares to ask a dance
And she calls out to you, and she calls out to you
But I've had her, I've had her, she's nothing

In the prison of your broken bed, you dribble in a dream
And find a queen, and find a queen
But your sleep is sadly stolen by a face that is a stream
That's flowing out to you, she's flowing out to you
But I've had her, I've had her, she's nothing

The vision of the seven veils is racing down the road
The signs are slow, the signs are slow
But beauty is the mistress, and by beauty you've been told
You speed the route for her, you speed the route for her
But I've had her, I've had her, she's nothing

The fog has changed the city to a friendly frightened fawn
The shades are drawn, the shades are drawn
To possess her misty madness, you would gladly duel the dawn
And fade out to her, and fade out to her
But I've had her, I've had her, she's nothing

The circus clown, he hides a tear beneath his painted smile
And charms a child, and charms a child
While the dancing girl on the prancing horse blows kisses down the aisle
You roll about her her, you roll about for her
But I've had her, I've had her, she's nothing

All along the flaming field your fairy love is spread
Your time has fled, your time has fled
Now, the only way to touch her is the gun beside your head
Now, there's no doubt for her, now, there's no doubt for her
But I've had her, I've had her, she's nothing

Notes

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